Richards open to Pakistan coaching role


West Indies batting legend Viv Richards says he would be open to the idea of coaching Pakistan or helping the Asian nation in some other capacity.

Richards, who is arguably the Windies' greatest ever batsman, is currently with the Quetta Gladiators as a mentor in the Pakistan Super League, taking place in the UAE.

The 63-year-old Richards said: "Waqar Younis at present is doing a great job with the Pakistan team but if given an opportunity to take up a coaching assignment with Pakistan cricket I would definitely give it a shot as I believe I have a lot to offer to the game.

"Pakistan is an important member of the world cricket community and it is sad to see no international cricket being played in Pakistan and I just hope things improve soon."  

Richards is considered an all time great and Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar says it was no-brainer to get Richards on board with his team.

Omar said: "Yes, he has also told me that he is willing to come to Pakistan and work in any capacity with cricketers. He has been a big influence on our players, who are in awe of him.

"I think hiring him as our mentor has been the best decision."